Bishop Sweater started with the yarn and a stitch pattern I wanted to use for something. I had totally something else in my head, but as almost all of the times I changed my mind while I was working on it.

I started with a few swatches using different hook sizes, because believing it or not, not always the recommended one matches your design idea. I had to try different sizes so the final crocheted fabric to be as I wanted.

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At first, I was thinking to make this sweater in one single color, but the idea of the squares on the front panel came right when I was about to finish the front panel. 

I am not a fan of seaming pieces together, but since I learned to have patience with each step of the making process, I found out that seaming is not that bad.

Now about the name 😁 Bishop is the chess piece that can be moved in a diagonal and this “white and black” pattern took me to the chess board right after trying it on. And here is how I chose the name.

If you are not in love with neutral colors, I just draw some sketches using different color combinations to have them as inspiration

This pattern is written for women sizes from size Small up to 5XL and for Men sizes from Small up to 2XL. 

Now, let’s see what we will need and how we can make the Bishop Pullover:

PS: I have some strange poses while photo shooting this Bishop Pullover because I was trying to hide my swollen cheek after a Dental Intervention  😁

MATERIALS

  • Yarn
    • Category 4 ( worsted, aran)
  • Crochet hook
    • 8 mm
  • You will need a yarn needle for wave in ends and assembling
  • Scissors
  • stitch markers

  ABOUT DESIGN

This Bishop Sweater uses techniques as herringbone single crochet, slip stitch in the back loop only, Intasia color work.

The sweater is worked in 4 panels: back, front and sleeves, which are then assembled together.

The sweater construction is perpendicular, the number of stitches is giving the length and the number of rows is giving the width.

Cuffs ribbing and bottom hem ribbing are worked in the same rows. The neckline ribbing is added at the end, after assembling.

This sweater has an oversized fit with a positive ease of about 20 cm around the bust circumference.

If you will like a closer fit, just work fewer rows on the back and front panels

MEASUREMENTS

The written instructions are for women sizes from Small up to 5X Large and for men sizes from Small up to 2X large.

Final measurements of the sweater are listed below.

Women Sizes

Neck Line a: 25 cm (25, 25, 25, 25, 25, 25, 25)

Bust Width b: 53 (57, 61, 65, 73, 77, 81, 85)

Armhole Depth c: 17 cm (20, 20, 23, 23, 26, 26, 26)

Length to armpit d: 37 cm ( 37, 37, 37, 37, 37, 37, 37)

Sleeve length e: 42 cm (42, 44, 44, 45, 45, 46, 46)

Length f: 54 cm (57, 57, 60, 60, 63, 63, 63)

MEN SIZES

Neck Line a: 28 cm (28, 28, 28, 28)

Bust Width b: 57 cm (61, 65, 73, 77)

Armhole Depth c: 22 cm (23, 25, 25, 27)

Length to armpit d: 59 cm (59, 59, 59, 59)

Sleeve length e: 45 cm (46, 49, 50, 51)

Length f: 81 cm (82, 84, 84, 86)

 

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This measurements will fit:

WOMEN SIZES

To Fit cm S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Bust

width

43 48 53 58 63 68 73 78

 

 

MEN SIZES

To Fit (cm) S M L XL 2XL
Bust width 46 51 56 61 66

 

How much yarn do you need?

For the Bishop Sweater I used Concept Sweet Fleece by Katia Yarns in colors Beige as main color and Dark Grey for the squares. This yarn is 80% wool and 20% Polyamide and one ball has 50 grams and approximate 120 meters

For each size you will approximate need:

WOMEN SIZE

Concept Sweet Fleece S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
50 gr/120 m 11 13 14 15 17 18 19 21
Beige 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 19
Dark Grey 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

 

MEN SIZES

Concept Sweet Fleece S M L XL 2XL
50 gr/120 m 12 14 15 16 17
Beige 11 12 13 14 15
Dark Grey 1 2 2 2 2

 

STITCH PATTERN

The Bishop Sweater is worked using Herringbone Single Crochet and Slip Stitch in the back loop only for ribbing

Herringbone Single Crochet

Here you can find the step by step video tutorial for this sweater and you can see how the herringbone single crochet is worked.

First row is worked into the 3rd loop of the chain.

Row 1 (right side row) 1 sc in the first st, *insert the hook into the last loop of the previous sc you just made, then insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull out a loop, Yarn over and pull the yarn through all loops on your hook. *Repeat to the end of the row.

Row 2 (wrong side row)

*all the stitches on the wrong side row, are worked from back to front.

Insert the hook into the first stitch, from back to front, yarn over and pull out a loop, yarn over and pull the yarn through all loops on your hook (first single crochet made from back to front)

*Insert the hook into the last loop of the previous single crochet (it’s on the back of your work), then insert the hook into the next stitch, from back to front, yarn over and pull out a loop, yarn over and pull it through all loops on your hook.

Repeat to the end of the row.

For this particular pullover pattern, each right side row ends up with a few stitches worked in the slip stitch in back loop only stitch pattern. Of course, the wrong side row will start with the stitches worked in slip stitches in back loop only.

Slip Stitch in back loop only

Insert the hook into the back loop of the next available stitch, yarn over pull out a loop, then pull the loop through the loop on your hook.

Repeat to the end of the row or as many times as pattern requires.

ABBREVIATIONS

  • Ch – chain
  • Ss – slip stitch
  • Ss blo – slip stitch in the back loop only
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • YO – yarn over
  • Hsc – Herringbone Single Crochet
  • RS – right side
  • WR – wrong side
  • R| – row
  • ** – Repeated section

TENSION

  • 16 sts = 10 cm
  • 10 rows = 10 cm

*in the stitch pattern used

PATTERN NOTES

Ch 1 to turn your work

Ch 1 at the beginning of each row, doesn’t count as a first st.

On the front panel, when working with 2 different colors, use 2 different balls for the main color, one for each section.

When changing the color, insert the hook through the last loop of your previous hsc, then through the next st (which will be the last st worked in the current color), yarn over with the second color and pull out a loop, yarn over and finish the stitch.

When changing colors on the RS rows, leave the previous color strand behind your work and move the ball from left to right. On the WS rows, bring the previous color strand in front of your work and move the ball from left to right.

INSTRUCTIONS

The women sizes instructions and men sizes instructions are written separately. Scroll down for Men Sizes Instructions

WOMEN SIZES INSTRUCTIONS

Numbers for sizes M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL and 5 XL are written between brackets. If not the pattern applies for all sizes.

BACK PANEL

Using Color Beige

Start| ch 89 ( 94, 94, 99, 99, 103, 103, 103) sts

R1| RS working in the back loop of the chain

Starting with the second chain, 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next, 79 ( 84, 84, 89, 89, 93, 93, 93) sts, 1 ss into last 8 sts.

R2| WS (see the STITCH PATTERN notes)

1 ssblo in first 8 sts, 1 hsc in each st to the end of the row.

R3| RS: 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next, 79 (84, 84, 89, 89, 93, 93, 93) sts, 1 ssblo into last 8 sts.

Repeat R2 and R3 until you have in total 53 ( 57, 61, 65, 73, 77, 81, 85) rows.

Fasten off.

FRONT PANEL

Start| ch 89 ( 94, 94, 99, 99, 103, 103, 103) sts

 R1| RS working in the back loop of the chain

Starting with the second chain, 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next, 79 ( 84, 84, 89, 89, 93, 93, 93) sts, 1 ss into last 8 sts.

R2| WS (see the STITCH PATTERN notes)

1 ssblo in first 8 sts, 1 hsc in each st to the end of the row.

R3| RS: 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next, 79 (84, 84, 89, 89, 93, 93, 93) sts, 1 ssblo into last 8 sts.

Repeat R2 and R3 until you have 6 (6, 8, 8, 8, 10, 10, 10) rows

Next row (row 7 (7, 9, 9, 9, 11, 11, 11) RS

1 sc in the first st,  1 hsc in next 13 (13, 13, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15) change to Grey (See the pattern notes), 1 hsc in next 26 (28, 28, 29, 29, 31,31,31) sts, change to Beige, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except last 8 sts, 1 ssblo in the last 8 sts.

R8 (8, 10, 10, 10, 12, 12, 12, 12)

1 ssblo in the first 8 sts, 1 hsc in the next 40 (42, 42, 45, 45, 47, 47, 47) sts, change to Grey, 1 hsc in next 26 (28, 28, 29, 29, 31, 31, 31) sts, change to beige, 1 hsc in last 14 (14, 14, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16).

Repeat the last 2 rows until you have 17 (19, 21, 23, 27, 29, 31, 33) rows in total or 11 (13, 13, 15, 19, 19, 21, 23) rows for the square.

Next row (R18 (20, 22, 24, 28, 30, 32, 34) WS:

1 ssblo in the first 8 sts, 1 hsc in the next 40 (42, 42, 45, 45, 47, 47, 47) sts, change to Grey, 1 hsc in next 26 (28, 28, 29, 29, 31, 31, 31) sts, change to beige, 1 hsc in last 11 (11, 11, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13) sts.

*to shape the neck line we will not work the last 3 sts.

R19 (21, 23, 25, 29, 31, 33, 35) RS:

1 sc in the first st,  1 hsc in next 10 (10, 10, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12) sts change to Grey (See the pattern notes), 1 hsc in next 26 (28, 28, 29, 29, 31,31,31) sts, change to Beige, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except last 8 sts, 1 ssblo in the last 8 sts.

Repeat the last 2 rows until you will have in total 26 (28, 30, 32, 36, 38, 40, 42) rows in total or until you have 9 rows for the neck line.

The first square is finished and on the next row we will trace the line for the second one.

You will need to cut the beige color yarn and rejoin it when need it.

Next row (R27 (29, 31, 33, 37, 39, 41, 43) RS:

1 sc in the first st,  1 hsc in next 11 (11, 11, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13) sts change to Grey (See the pattern notes), 1 hsc in next 52 (56, 56, 58, 58, 62, 62, 62) sts, change to Beige, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except last 8 sts, 1 ssblo in the last 8 sts.

R28 (30, 32, 34, 38, 40, 42, 44) WS

1 ssblo in the first 8 sts, 1 hsc in the next 14 (14, 14, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16) sts, change to Grey, 1 hsc in next 26 (28, 28, 29, 29, 31, 31, 31) sts, change to beige, 1 hsc in last 37 (39, 39, 42, 42, 44, 44, 44) sts.

R29 (31, 33, 35, 39, 41, 43, 45) RS

1 sc in the first st, 1 hsc in the next 36 (38, 38, 41, 41, 43, 43, 43) sts, Change to Grey, 1 hsc in the next 26 (28, 28, 29, 29, 31, 31, 31) sts, Change to Beige, 1 hsc in the next sts, except the last 8 sts, 1 ssblo in the last 8 sts.

Repeat last 2 rows until you have in total 36 (38, 40, 42, 46, 48, 50, 52) rows in total, or 19 rows for the neck line.

We complete the neck line rows, and at the end of the row we will ch 4 to have the same number of sts as we start with.

At the end of R36 (38, 40, 42, 46, 48, 50, 52), ch 4 and turn.

Next row (R37 (39, 41, 43, 47, 49, 51, 53)

Start with the second st, of the ch ,

1 sc, 1 hsc in the next 39 (41, 41, 44, 44, 46, 46, 46) sts, change to Grey, 1 hsc in the next 26 (28, 28, 29, 29, 31, 31, 31) sts, Change to Beige, 1 hsc in the next sts, except the last 8 sts, 1 ssblo in the last 8 sts.

R(R38 (40, 42, 44, 48, 50, 52, 54)

1 ssblo in the first 8 sts, 1 hsc in the next 14 (14, 14, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16) sts, change to Grey, 1 hsc in next 26 (28, 28, 29, 29, 31, 31, 31) sts, change to beige, 1 hsc in last 40 (41, 41, 45, 45, 47, 47, 47) sts.

Repeat the last 2 rows until you have in total 47 (51, 53, 57, 65, 67, 71, 75) rows or until you complete the second square.

Cut the grey yarn

Repeat R2 and R2 until you finish the front panel and you have in total 53 ( 57, 61, 65, 73, 77, 81, 85) rows or until you have the same number of rows as worked before starting to work the squares, 6 (6, 8, 8, 8, 10, 10, 10) rows

Fasten off.

SLEEVES

Start| ch 68 (68, 72, 72, 74, 74, 76, 76)

R1| RS working in the back loop of the chain

Starting with the second chain, 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next, 79 ( 84, 84, 89, 89, 93, 93, 93) sts, 1 ss into last 8 sts.

R2| WS (see the STITCH PATTERN notes)

1 ssblo in first 8 sts, 1 hsc in each st to the end of the row.

R3| RS: 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except the last 8 sts, 1 ssblo into last 8 sts.

Repeat R2 and R3 until you have 33 (39, 39, 45, 45, 51, 51, 51) rows.

Fasten off.

Next, scroll down to the last parts of the pattern, ASSEMBLING and NECK LINE

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MEN SIZES INSTRUCTIONS

Numbers for sizes M, L, XL, 2XL are written between brackets. If not the pattern applies for all sizes.

BACK PANEL

Using Color Beige

Start| ch 132 (134, 136, 136, 140) sts

R1| RS working in the back loop of the chain

Starting with the second chain, 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except te last 8, 1 ss into last 8 sts.

R2| WS (see the STITCH PATTERN notes)

1 ssblo in first 8 sts, 1 hsc in each st to the end of the row.

R3| RS: 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except the last 8 sts, 1 ssblo into last 8 sts.

Repeat R2 and R3 until you have in total 57 (61, 65, 73, 77) rows.

Fasten off.

FRONT PANEL

Start| ch 132 (134, 136, 136, 140) sts

R1| RS working in the back loop of the chain

Starting with the second chain, 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except te last 8, 1 ss into last 8 sts.

R2| WS (see the STITCH PATTERN notes)

1 ssblo in first 8 sts, 1 hsc in each st to the end of the row.

R3| RS: 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except the last 8 sts, 1 ssblo into last 8 sts.

Repeat R2 and R3 until you have in total 8 (10, 10, 10, 10) rows.

Next row (R9 (11, 11, 11, 11) RS

1 sc in the first st,  1 hsc in next 21 (21, 21, 21, 22) change to Grey (See the pattern notes), 1 hsc in next 40 (41, 42, 42, 43) sts, change to Beige, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except last 8 sts, 1 ssblo in the last 8 sts.

R10 (12, 12, 12, 12)

1 ssblo in the first 8 sts, 1 hsc in the next 62 (63, 64, 64, 66) sts, change to Grey, 1 hsc in next 40 (41, 42, 42, 43) sts, change to beige, 1 hsc in last 22 (22, 22, 22, 23) sts.

Repeat the last 2 rows until you have 17 ( 19, 21, 25, 27) rows in total or 9 (9, 11, 15, 17) rows for the square.

Next row (R18 (20, 22, 26, 28) WS:

1 ssblo in the first 8 sts, 1 hsc in the next 62 (63, 64, 64, 66) sts, change to Grey, 1 hsc in next 40 (41, 42, 42, 43) sts, change to beige, 1 hsc in last 19 (19, 19, 19, 20) sts.

*to shape the neck line we will not work the last 3 sts.

Next row (R19 (21, 23, 27, 29) RS:

1 sc in the first st,  1 hsc in next 18 (18, 18, 18, 19) sts change to Grey (See the pattern notes), 1 hsc in next 40 (41, 42, 42, 43) sts, change to Beige, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except last 8 sts, 1 ssblo in the last 8 sts.

Repeat the last 2 rows until you will have in total 28 (30, 32, 36, 38) rows in total or until you have 11 rows for the neck line.

The first square is finished and on the next row we will trace the line for the second one.

You will need to cut the beige color yarn and rejoin it when need it.

 Next row (R29 (31, 33, 37, 39) RS:

1 sc in the first st,  1 hsc in next 18 (18, 18, 18, 19) sts change to Grey (See the pattern notes), 1 hsc in next 80 (82, 84, 84, 86 ) sts, change to Beige, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except last 8 sts, 1 ssblo in the last 8 sts.

R30 (32, 34, 38, 40) WS

1 ssblo in the first 8 sts, 1 hsc in the next 22 (22, 22, 22, 23) sts, change to Grey, 1 hsc in next 40 (41, 42, 42, 43)  sts, change to beige, 1 hsc in the next sts to the end of the row

R31 (33, 35, 39, 41) RS

1 sc in the first st, 1 hsc in the next 58 (59, 60, 60, 62) sts, Change to Grey, 1 hsc in the next 40 (41, 42, 42, 43) sts, Change to Beige, 1 hsc in the next sts, except the last 8 sts, 1 ssblo in the last 8 sts.

Repeat last 2 rows until you have in total 38 (40, 42, 46, 48) rows in total, or 21 rows for the neck line.

We complete the neck line rows, and at the end of the row we will ch 4 to have the same number of sts as we start with.

At the end of R38 (40, 42, 46, 48), ch 4 and turn.

 Next row R39 (41, 43, 47, 49)

Start with the second st, of the ch ,

1 sc, 1 hsc in the next 61 (62, 63, 63, 65) change to Grey, 1 hsc in the next 40 (41, 42, 42, 43) sts, Change to Beige, 1 hsc in the next sts, except the last 8 sts, 1 ssblo in the last 8 sts.

R40 (42, 44, 48, 50)

1 ssblo in the first 8 sts, 1 hsc in the next 22 (22, 22, 22, 23) sts, change to Grey, 1 hsc in next 40 (41, 42, 42, 43)  sts, change to beige, 1 hsc in each st to the end of the row.

Repeat the last 2 rows until you have in total 49 (51, 55, 63, 67) rows or until you complete the second square.

Cut the grey yarn

Repeat R2 and R3 until you finish the front panel and you have in total 57 (61, 65, 73, 77)  rows or until you have the same number of rows as worked before starting to work the squares, 8 (10, 10, 10, 10) rows

Fasten off.

SLEEVES

Start| ch 74 (76, 80, 82, 84)

R1| RS working in the back loop of the chain

Starting with the second chain, 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except the last 8 sts, 1 ss into last 8 sts.

R2| WS (see the STITCH PATTERN notes)

1 ssblo in first 8 sts, 1 hsc in each st to the end of the row.

R3| RS: 1 sc in 1st st, 1 hsc in each of the next sts, except the last 8 sts, 1 ssblo into last 8 sts.

Repeat R2 and R3 until you have 43 (45, 49, 49, 53) rows.

Fasten off.

ASSEMBLING

First join the back and front panel by stitching the shoulders.

Then place the sleeves with the middle row next to the shoulder seam. Count to have the same number of sts, at the right and left of the shoulder seam.

Use safety pins.

After all 4 parts are stitched together, fold the sweater in half and stitch the sides

NECK LINE

R1| Rejoin yarn in one of the back sts (one side row = 1 st) and work 1 sc into each st around. Join with a ss with 1st sc.

Ribbing

Start| ch 6, and turn

R1| starting with 2nd st, 1 ss into each of the next 5 sts, ss into the next 2 sts of the neck line to connect th ribbing with the neck line.

R2| 1ssblo into the next 5 sts, ch1 and turn.

R3| 1 ssblo into next 5 sts, 1 ss into next 2 sts of the neck line.

Repeat R2 and R3 until you complete the entire circumference of the neck line.

Join the ribbing ends with slip sts.

Fasten off.

TO FINISH

Wave in all ends and block to measurements.

And Done! The Bishop Pullover is ready to wear! 

You can Purchase the easy printable PDF version of this pattern here:

Step by Step Video Tutorial here

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. I never crocheted a sweater vertically, this will be my first time. The Bishop Pullover is definitely on my To Do list. Thank you for the pattern & the tutorial video.

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